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Touchstone Energy Classroom Grants

School districts in the Great Lakes Energy service area that educate children of GLE members can receive a grant of up to $2,000 to fund innovative programs, particularly those involving technology or equipment that enrich students’ education. Preference will be given to projects that involve technology, equipment or materials that can be used more than once and are innovative. The project does not have to involve the study of electricity.

Teachers and administrators of public or private K-12 schools may apply. Multiple projects within the same school district can be combined to a total of $2,000 per year. We reserve the right to take photos of the winners and they may be printed in Michigan Country Lines, our member magazine, and/or appear on our website or in other electronic media.

An impartial panel of judges will review the grant applications. Preference will be given to projects and programs involving use of technology or tangible equipment that enhance learning and are not currently being funded through the school’s budget.

How to apply
The grant application process is now CLOSED for the 2017-2018 school year.  Applications for the 2018-2019 year will be available in September 2018.  For general information about the grant program, please contact Linda Kotzian at, or 888-485-2537, ext. 8174.

Grants awarded for the 2017-2018 school year:

  • Allendale Public Schools, $1,511.93 for scientific measurement/sensor instruments for outdoor education
  • Bellaire Middle/High School, $1,319.91 for Snap Circuit Kits for middle school students
  • Daisy Brook Elementary, Fremont, $2,000.00 for LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Core & Expansion set & Chromebooks for 5th grade STEM projects
  • East Jordan Elementary (2 grants), $680.00 each to two classrooms for Mimio Teach Systems for interactive and hands-on learning
  • Franklin Elementary, Cadillac, $1,734.00 for Mystery Science Experiment materials
  • Gaylord St. Mary Cathedral School, $322 for KUTA Mathematics software
  • Lee Elementary School, Middleville, $1,200.00 for Learning with Sphero SPRK+
  • Mackinaw Public School, $2,000.00 for Chromebooks for paperless/portable online assessments/activities
  • Manton Middle School, $1,949.75 for LEGO Robotics Kits for STEM projects
  • Mason County Central High School, $2,000.00 for CNC router for woodshop/CAD classes
  • Northern Michigan Christian School, McBain, $1,900.00 for Cromebooks for 3rd-5th grade classes
  • R. J. Steeby Elementary, Wayland, $1,847.48 for LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 Robotics kits
  • Reed City Public School, $1,976.31 for technology equipment/supplies to support 3D printing in art and STEAM programs
  • Shay Elementary, Harbor Springs, $1,900.00 for Little Bits STEAM Education Class Packs for use in school Makerspace
  • Sheridan Elementary, Petoskey, $600.00 for e-readers for challenged readers
  • St. Francis Xavier, Petoskey, $1,400.00 for design & build of underwater ROVs by middle school students
  • St. Mary School, Charlevoix, $1,981.62 for LEGO Education Simple and Power Machine sets
  • Thomas Read Elementary, Shelby, $1,997.00 for Coding/Music Crossover using Osmo Coding Jam
  • White Cloud Elementary, $1,000.00 for light table with manipulatives